Automotive Interiors

If the exterior gets them, the interior keeps them. So designers and engineers are paying more attention than ever on everything from the textures of the materials to the ergonomics of the switches. Spend some time in here.

First Look at the 2018 Honda Accord

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM

“We are redefining the Honda Accord for a new generation of buyers by bringing something unexpected that challenges the idea of what a mainstream sedan can be.” That’s Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Div. of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., talking about the 10th generation, 2018 Accord that was unveiled today in Detroit and which will launch this fall.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 11, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Perhaps the reason why the Prius Prime looks the way it does is because of the success of the three previous generations of the car that became the name for “hybrids” the way that “Kleenex” has come to stand for “tissue,” even though no one has probably ever called another vehicle manufacturer’s hybrid a “Prius,” which is certainly not the case with the object one reaches for when a sneeze is imminent.

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2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 28, 2017 at 6:28 AM

The Mazda CX-5 first appeared on the scene in 2012, and for 2017, the vehicle has undergone some major transformations, to enhance what was already a notable small crossover.

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VW Atlas, Post-Marchionne & More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 19, 2017 at 6:12 AM

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was developed by VW in Wolfsburg, but the three-row midsize SUV is not (1) built in the massive complex in Germany nor (2) even available in the German market.

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The Navigator’s Engineer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 12, 2017 at 6:16 AM

The forthcoming 2018 Lincoln Navigator is an all-new version of the three-row SUV.

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2017 Honda Civic Hatch Sport Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 02, 2017 at 6:51 AM

Swindon, England, has what is called the “Magic Roundabout.” It consists of five roundabouts that surround a sixth.

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Bentley Takes Flight (Sort Of)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 26, 2017 at 6:25 AM

In 2016 Bentley Motor delivered 11,023 vehicles globally, which was a nine percent increase over its sales in 2015.

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Kia Creates a Crossover—Hybrid

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 22, 2017 at 6:06 AM

Steve Kosowski, manager, Long Range Planning & Strategy at Kia Motors America says that back in 2011-2012, the executives at Kia in Korea—as well as their opposite numbers at Hyundai—decided that they needed to develop an all-new platform for an “eco vehicle.” This vehicle could come in different flavors, conceivably, as in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full EV.

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Developing the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2017 at 4:14 PM

In some regards, it is just a car. Of course, it is a car with some of the most advanced technology available in the industry today. But it isn’t some sort of science project, but a real production reality.

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Does the “S” Stand for “Spa”?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 04, 2017 at 6:34 AM

When Mercedes unveiled the new S-Class in Shanghai last month, there was, understandably, a lot of attention paid to such things as its 48-volt integrated starter alternator, electric booster compressor, and getting-closer-to-autonomous DISTRONIC Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist.

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All About the Buick Enclave—and Then Some

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 24, 2017 at 6:56 AM

One of the hottest vehicle segments right now—and for the foreseeable future—is the midsize crossover, and within that category, the premium/luxury subset, with vehicles like the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and Lincoln MKX, is doing particularly well.

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2017 Genesis G90 AWD 3.3T Premium

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 19, 2017 at 6:53 AM

There are two aspects to any car.

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